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NEC NP43 -- Light and Bright Portable Office Projector

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1600:1 Contrast Ratio
2300 Lumens
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Light-weight portable projectors with standard lamps, like the NEC NP43, aren't as impressively light as LED-based sub-three pound projectors, but they offer a lot brighter image. The NP43, for one, lives up to its 2300 lumen rating while weighing only about a pound more than a typical 500-lumen LED model. Beyond that, it offers a high quality data image and some welcome conveniences for portable use.

In most ways, the NP43 sticks to the basics. It's built around a 1024x768 DLP chip and skips some features that are rapidly becoming all but standard. In particular, it lacks an HDMI port, which limits it to analog connections, and it isn't 3D ready. However it goes beyond the basics in other ways, with a 1.2x zoom, auto keystone, and, most notably, auto focus.

What these extras have in common is that they all enhance the NP43's portability by making setup easy. Simply connect the power cord and cables, turn the projector on, and adjust the image size with the zoom control. In my tests, the auto sync worked well enough so I couldn't improve on it with manual adjustments, and the auto keystone and auto focus took care of everything else. For anyone who needs a bright, portable projector as a traveling companion, the NP43's combination of weight, brightness, image quality, and easy setup makes it a strong contender, fully worth the $899 street price.

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Comments (2) Post a Comment
Julie Simmons Posted Sep 15, 2019 11:24 PM PST
Hi, As the NEC NP43 is no longer being made, would you be able to tell me which model supersedes it? The NP43 is perfect for my needs but the HDMI port would be great. Thank you for your time. Regards, Julie
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 17, 2019 9:31 AM PST
Julie, projectors have changed so much since this model was introduced that there are literally dozens of projectors out there now offering similar compact size, same or greater brightness, and better resolution. And at much less cost than what this projector sold for 7 years ago. I would visit our Find a Projector database and search for a 1080p projector in the 2,000 lumens brightness range and see what pops up. You should be able to get something suitable in the $500-$1000 range.

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